Bus investigation complete, says driver had green
Report: Fire truck system disrupted signal predictability
Posted: October 16, 2012 at 2:20 p.m.
The police investigation of a school bus accident that severely injured a Bentonville High School student has been completed. The investigation found that the student was crossing without a protected signal and that the driver had a green light, according to a news release.
Lisa Fitzner was driving the bus that hit 17-year-old Megan Davis on Oct. 4 at the intersection of S.E. 14th Street and S.E. P Street. The driver was distracted by a student, but the accident would have happened anyway, the news release stated. A broken crosswalk button was not found to have contributed to the accident.
A city system that allows fire trucks to change signals green was active when Davis was hit, according to the news release.
"This activation disrupted the predictability of the traffic itself," the news release stated. "This disruption may explain why witnesses, and possibly the involved pedestrian, were led to believe that the school bus driver had disregarded a red light."